Many authors have claimed that they have been bullied on Goodreads and now there is even a petition to Goodreads to stop the 'Goodreads Bully.'
But many times I have asked myself What constitutes a Goodreads Bully?
I am one of these people who truly believe that any blogger, reader and reviewer has the right to say what they truly feel about the books they read. Whether that is positive or negative if you have taken the time to read a book then surely it is your own prerogative to write your true feelings about it if you wish.
If you write a negative review does that make you a Goodreads Bully? NO
Does it make you honest? YES
Let Me Tell You a Little About Me:
So if you don't already know I'm Kayleigh and I am self-sworn Book Nerd and Addict. My favourite thing in the world, apart from my dog, is reading. I have an innane love and awe for authors. That they take the time and effort and pour their blood, sweat and tears into books that we can enjoy is the best thing in the world.
If I read a book and adore it I am going to gush and fangirl about it a lot! It's just what I do. Oh and I'm a total book pimp because I'm going to pimp you these books because I want absolutely everyone to read it. Not only because it's a good book but because I think the author deserves recognition as well.
But I myself have been subjected the title of Goodreads Bully before. Did I do anything to warrent this title? Not at all?
So what did I do you ask?
I read a book I really didn't like... and I don't mean I just didn't like it I mean I truly hated it. As much as I would love to say that these books I don't like I'm polite and nice about it and just say 'It's not for me' and I do put that in my reviews of these books but if I only put that it would be, in my opinon, a lie! Because that's not my feelings towards the book.
Take this particular book you all may have heard of: Fifty Shades of Grey
Did I despise this book so much that I barely finished reading it? YES!
And did I write a pretty negative review about it? YES!
And I will tell you why! Whenever I read a book, whether I love it or hate it I always have these intense feelings about books and I always put them in my reviews. What's the point in being a reviewer if you can't do that. And with this particular book I truly hated it!
Did I swear that they author was the worst person ever? NO!
Did I say that it was the worst book I'd ever read and I'd rather scratch my eyes out than continue with the series? YES!
Why? Because that was how I felt!
Does that make me a Goodreads Bully?
Well in my opinion no it does not! I read that book and I had these massive overbearing feelings about it so I wrote them in my review. If I didn't it would have been a lie about how I felt about them and I am nothing if not brutally honest. But I would never.... ever... bash the author! Because it's just something that you don't do! They have worked their hardest for this book and whether I like it or not it doesn't give me the right to wish harm on the author or try to stop their careers.
Everybody Likes and Dislikes Different Things! And That's OK!
It would be a hell of a boring world if everyone liked the same thing. So it's ok if I hated Fifty Shades of Grey and you loved it. We have different tastes and it's cool. Let's just move on without getting nasty about it!
I have never gotten into these discussions about the 'Goodreads Bully' because quite frankly I find the majority of them ridiculous. Many of my blogger friends have been names a 'Goodreads Bully' because they didn't like the book and wrote their honest feelings. Well Woop-de-do! They can write what they want... it's their blog and their review!
So Why am I now sticking my Two Cents In?
Because I came across this:
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There are two things about goodreads I seriously cannot stand!
1. Rating before you've even read the book!
I mean WHY? Why must you do that? I see people stating that they rate the book on interest. Well surprise, surprise people there's another way to do that!
If you're interested in it... Add it to you're TBR List
If you're not interested .... DON'T!
2. Bashing authors for no reason!
This is a new author and has been threatened for asking a question!
I mean WTF?
I am genuinelly horrified by this! I mean all she asked was why do people rate them before release because she was new to Goodreads and didn't know and she got attacked so much that she is now not releasing her book! I am disgusted and horrified and I'm sorry but YES that IS bullying!
Goodreads definitely needs to sort itself out and stop this from happening as it is disgusting!
I hope Lauren realises just how much support she has and I really hope at some point she does release her book because I can tell you there are more genuine book and author lovers out there than these trolls who want nothing more than attention and to ruin someone else's life because they obviously haven't got one of their own and have nothing better to do.
By all means if you've read the book and didn't like it write a negative review. Not everyone is going to love it! But this is unacceptable and disgusting.
We are all the same here. We all love books and authors are the reason we get these books so get the stick out of your butt and respect them!